The Wii has been hacked

Filed under Video Game Hardware Hacking

I was wondering when someone was going to finally hack the Wii! Well it seems that it has finally been done…at least partially. The hack demonstration apparently took place at 24C3 (24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress) last week. The hackers demonstrated a way to run native Wii homebrew (not in GameCube mode) that even includes full access to the Wii hardware.

“They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii ‘game’ that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).”

So what does this mean? Hopefully you will be able to run homebrew via custom firmware, emulators, and even launch programs from a SD card…perhaps even a Linux Channel a some point?

Here is an interview with one of the hackers and a link to the YouTube video of the demo.

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